GOD DEMANDS YOUR CONSCIENCE BE CLEANSED BY WHAT HE HAS DONE [780]

He sacrificed His Son for this very purpose. Hebrews 9-14.  “…how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

[Heb. 10-29 “How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the spirit of grace?]

[Heb.10-10 “By this will, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”   Heb. 10-12 “…but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God…”] 

[Heb. 10-14 “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”]

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ANALYSIS OF ERROR [779a]

The whole purpose of the cross is to cleanse people’s hearts and consciences from sin. It does this by offering a death for our death, a life for life. A “sacrifice”* for sin that means we are assured that our sin/death status is removed, as is evidenced by so many scriptures, when taken at face value.

The problem was that we were separated from God by our sin, and the cross was intended to reconcile us back to God, because all the barriers between Him and us were removed, sin law and death having been dealt with.

So initially we (as Adam) were at one with God, then separated by sin, then because sin was dealt with in Christ, we could be reunited with Him.

Jesus was with God, then came to us on earth, where He contained both our nature as well as his Father’s nature, he being the son. He then dealt with sin nature and restored the creation plan within his body and became a life giving Spirit to again return to us on earth, that we might then be like Him, having voluntarily [and gladly] accepted the separation that His Spirit brings, IE Spirit from flesh in accordance with His established pattern, that later we might have this promise of life confirmed in the same reality that He exhibited, through faith in His death for us and His rising for us. By faith we are transferred from death to life and become new creations.

So what happens when the founders of groups set out to deny all things spiritual, because they want it all to be completely rational and intellectual?  What happens is that the gospel gets drastically changed, even destroyed. Angels become normal people who do not display that which Stephen displayed when they said that those looking on beheld his face as that of an angel.

The returned Christ who comes to dwell in the hearts of men as the promised Holy Spirit, simply becomes the power of God operating in a detached manner and remotely from a distance, but more importantly predominantly becomes simply implanted scripture in the mind, which built up over time supposedly becomes a spirit which they represent to be the promised comforter, the Spirit of God and of Christ. There is no personal representation of Jesus who comes to dwell in the heart as in “we will come to him and make our home with him”.

Instead of the cross being the remover of sin and the cleanser of the heart, it becomes simply a demonstration as to how to live one’s life if one tries hard enough. The only time you are assured of salvation is at the moment of baptism when for that instant of time, you become cleansed and sinless, and it’s all downhill from then on, as you struggle to maintain your own righteousness within the given parameters of the example that Christ set. It becomes a matter of trying to establish and maintain your own righteousness instead of accepting His. It is SELF righteousness, not HIS righteousness.

[Stephen was feeling the glory of God] *See other posts for the meaning of the “sacrifice”.

Cchristadelphianism

GROUNDS FOR A CLEAR CONSCIENCE [778a]

To hold a clear conscience before God is the whole purpose of the exercise. Man’s conscience before God is tarnished, man’s heart has been hardened by sin. It is necessary to return Man’s hardened heart to a softness which is completely necessary to enable relationship with God.

The things God has done in Christ are such as to enable this softness of heart to return to man. There are many references about the softening of the heart because it is the heart that is capable of understanding the gospel and of being the receiver of God’s messages, rather than the mind.

It is rationalisation that is closely tied to the original offence by Adam in Eden, and it is rationalisation and intellectualisation that creates much wrong doctrine. Man’s lost confidence in God resulted in him placing confidence in himself, in the flesh.

“Circumcision” of the heart is related to the cleansing of the heart, a new heart, a “fleshly” (meant in the good sense rather than being a heart of stone) heart, one that relates to God correctly via the Spirit.

Whenever people put obstacles in the way of being able to apprehend a clear conscience before God, they are opposing the gospel, opposing God, opposing the Spirit. So if these people create conditions to being able to apprehend a clear conscience, they are in opposition to the gospel of God.

*Baptism is an aid to holding a clear conscience. It enables people to look back at any time, and remember that they were baptised into Christ’s death. Of course, if they think about it, this actually means that it is Christ’s death that is important, that when He died we also died, and baptism is just a way of cleansing the conscience by way of his death for us, not that our symbolic baptism death was anything in itself, of itself, by itself.

The spies sent into the promised land mostly had no confidence in God’s capability for victory – they are like groups who place conditions on God’s ability, they lack the confidence given through Christ, his death for our sin. He who has TAKEN AWAY the defeat, and made known the victory. One of their books on page 247 puts their members on “probation”, there is no confidence that their position is assured on the basis of what God has done, rather, it becomes then a matter of what THEY have done and do. [Or do not]. This is not the intention of God, who says we have been “transferred” from death to life.

God’s constant forgiveness is Himself and His love, His Spirit.

*[So you can look back and say/see the “condition” of baptism has been met “by you”, but then being able to see that, it being baptism into HIS death, means that it is HE who has met the “conditions” FOR US.]

Cchristadelphianism

ANALYSIS OF ERROR [779]

The whole purpose of the cross is to cleanse people’s hearts and consciences from sin. It does this by offering a death for our death, a life for life. A “sacrifice”* for sin that means we are assured that our sin/death status is removed, as is evidenced by so many scriptures, when taken at face value.

The problem was that we were separated from God by our sin, and the cross was intended to reconcile us back to God, because all the barriers between Him and us were removed, sin law and death having been dealt with.

So initially we (as Adam) were at one with God, then separated by sin, then because sin was dealt with in Christ, we could be reunited with Him.

Jesus was with God, then came to us on earth, where He contained both our nature as well as his Father’s nature, he being the son. He then dealt with sin nature and restored the creation plan within his body and became a life giving Spirit to again return to us on earth, that we might then be like Him, having voluntarily [and gladly] accepted the separation that His Spirit brings, IE Spirit from flesh in accordance with His established pattern, that later we might have this promise of life confirmed in the same reality that He exhibited, through faith in His death for us and His rising for us. By faith we are transferred from death to life and become new creations.

So what happens when the founders of groups set out to deny all things spiritual, because they want it all to be completely rational and intellectual?  What happens is that the gospel gets drastically changed, even destroyed. Angels become normal people who do not display that which Stephen displayed when they said that those looking on beheld his face as that of an angel.

The returned Christ who comes to dwell in the hearts of men as the promised Holy Spirit, simply becomes the power of God operating in a detached manner and remotely from a distance, but more importantly predominantly becomes simply implanted scripture in the mind, which built up over time supposedly becomes a spirit which they represent to be the promised comforter, the Spirit of God and of Christ. There is no personal representation of Jesus who comes to dwell in the heart as in “we will come to him and make our home with him”.

Instead of the cross being the remover of sin and the cleanser of the heart, it becomes simply a demonstration as to how to live one’s life if one tries hard enough. The only time you are assured of salvation is at the moment of baptism when for that instant of time, you become cleansed and sinless, and it’s all downhill from then on, as you struggle to maintain your own righteousness within the given parameters of the example that Christ set. It becomes a matter of trying to establish and maintain your own righteousness instead of accepting His. It is SELF righteousness, not HIS righteousness.

[Stephen was feeling the glory of God] *See other posts for the meaning of the “sacrifice”.

Cchristadelphianism

GROUNDS FOR A CLEAR CONSCIENCE [778]

To hold a clear conscience before God is the whole purpose of the exercise. Man’s conscience before God is tarnished, man’s heart has been hardened by sin. It is necessary to return Man’s hardened heart to a softness which is completely necessary to enable relationship with God.

The things God has done in Christ are such as to enable this softness of heart to return to man. There are many references about the softening of the heart because it is the heart that is capable of understanding the gospel and of being the receiver of God’s messages, rather than the mind.

It is rationalisation that is closely tied to the original offence by Adam in Eden, and it is rationalisation and intellectualisation that creates much wrong doctrine. Man’s lost confidence in God resulted in him placing confidence in himself, in the flesh.

“Circumcision” of the heart is related to the cleansing of the heart, a new heart, a “fleshly” (meant in the good sense rather than being a heart of stone) heart, one that relates to God correctly via the Spirit.

Whenever people put obstacles in the way of being able to apprehend a clear conscience before God, they are opposing the gospel, opposing God, opposing the Spirit. So if these people create conditions to being able to apprehend a clear conscience, they are in opposition to the gospel of God.

*Baptism is an aid to holding a clear conscience. It enables people to look back at any time, and remember that they were baptised into Christ’s death. Of course, if they think about it, this actually means that it is Christ’s death that is important, that when He died we also died, and baptism is just a way of cleansing the conscience by way of his death for us, not that our symbolic baptism death was anything in itself, of itself, by itself.

The spies sent into the promised land mostly had no confidence in God’s capability for victory – they are like groups who place conditions on God’s ability, they lack the confidence given through Christ, his death for our sin. He who has TAKEN AWAY the defeat, and made known the victory. One of their books on page 247 puts their members on “probation”, there is no confidence that their position is assured on the basis of what God has done, rather, it becomes then a matter of what THEY have done and do. [Or do not]. This is not the intention of God, who says we have been “transferred” from death to life.

God’s constant forgiveness is Himself and His love, His Spirit.

*[So you can look back and say/see the “condition” of baptism has been met “by you”, but then being able to see that, it being baptism into HIS death, means that it is HE who has met the “conditions” FOR US.]

Cchristadelphianism

WE WOULD RATHER HAVE GOD’S WRATH THAN HIS LOVE [777a]

The judgement God has now brought upon man is this: Are you willing to give up your own personal interests to further His? By making eternal life freely available he has increased the stakes greatly. To give consideration to what is preached now means that we are accepting or rejecting our own eternal life. It is put this way in scripture John 3-19 “And this is the judgement, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil.”

If we make our choice on the degree of difficulty, we will choose to remain “where we are”, because to change our whole life appears as terribly inconvenient. It is easier to remain under law than to take release from it, it is easier to remain under the wrath of law (God) than to emerge from the mire and cling to purity truth and love.

If however, our choice is made for us by the Spirit’s insistence, then we will willingly accept the cost because it is balanced up against the cost it was to Him. The inner pain and stress exposed so to truth will collapse and concede its own miserable state in order to obtain the promised release from it in Him.

It is far easier to remain in wrath under the law of sin and death, having hardened our hearts to the Spirit, than to emerge from darkness to light, from the ‘bliss of ignorance’ to the dedication of purposeful life. And yet Jesus said it was easy. “Take my yoke upon you for my yoke is EASY and my burden is LIGHT.” [John 3-19 ]. That form of life which is revealed by the Spirit is not considered to be difficult. Living in the reality of the love He has for us is self empowering when this “self” is HIS self, the free gift of life and love to all.

See John Piper at the 20th title dated May 17, 2009   “This is the judgement: light has come into the world” at the following link.

https://www.desiringgod.org/series/the-gospel-of-john/messages

 

WE WOULD RATHER HAVE GOD’S WRATH THAN HIS LOVE [777]

The judgement God has now brought upon man is this: Are you willing to give up your own personal interests to further His? By making eternal life freely available he has increased the stakes greatly. To give consideration to what is preached now means that we are accepting or rejecting our own eternal life. It is put this way in scripture John 3-19 “And this is the judgement, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil.”

If we make our choice on the degree of difficulty, we will choose to remain “where we are”, because to change our whole life appears as terribly inconvenient. It is easier to remain under law than to take release from it, it is easier to remain under the wrath of law (God) than to emerge from the mire and cling to purity truth and love.

If however, our choice is made for us by the Spirit’s insistence, then we will willingly accept the cost because it is balanced up against the cost it was to Him. The inner pain and stress exposed so to truth will collapse and concede its own miserable state in order to obtain the promised release from it in Him.

It is far easier to remain in wrath under the law of sin and death, having hardened our hearts to the Spirit, than to emerge from darkness to light, from the ‘bliss of ignorance’ to the dedication of purposeful life. And yet Jesus said it was easy. “Take my yoke upon you for my yoke is EASY and my burden is LIGHT.” [John 3-19 ]. That form of life which is revealed by the Spirit is not considered to be difficult. Living in the reality of the love He has for us is self empowering when this “self” is HIS self, the free gift of life and love to all.

See John Piper at the 20th title dated May 17, 2009   “This is the judgement: light has come into the world” at the following link.

https://www.desiringgod.org/series/the-gospel-of-john/messages

 

GOD HAS LOVED YOU AND LOVES YOU WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT [776a]

Religion is a strange thing. When you look at the complexity of some Eastern religions, it seems it would be almost impossible to extricate people from this kind of thinking, and it makes some of our concerns regarding Christian denominations, even sects, seem minor by comparison. Yet I guess the Spirit has no trouble in breaking through to anyone in the world whose heart is in the right place, and that where the nasty side of some religions (other than perhaps where it involves “demonic” type of activity) has not “entered into their heart”, and is simply a matter of them being conformed to the prevailing religious thinking in their geographical area, then even that incredible complexity of mixed up thinking can be brought by the Spirit, to the “knowledge” of the gospel of Jesus.

So perhaps there is even hope for some of these sects and cult type people as they are called, those who claim to preach the gospel yet have completely missed the point of it and continue to push their own intellectually based agenda of superiority and separation from conventional Christianity, not realising that rather than creating a separation of themselves from “the world” and traditional faith, they are increasing their own separation from the very God they claim to serve.

They do not seem to understand that, like the rest of us, God has caused a huge upheaval in the scheme of things, and has taken the matter of their salvation completely out of their hands, having done away with the old and brought in the new, so that a whole different approach has to be taken to what he has now done in Jesus.

Rather than have to “scrape and bow” in our misery and our guilt before Him as we always felt we did, He has placed us as those who have been cleansed from the past and as those liberated from sin and death, without further ado, having taken sin and death “off the table”, instead, giving us unconditional forgiveness and acceptance. The “veil” of separation between us and Him has been torn asunder. Unfortunately, unless we accept his welcoming arms and cling to them, the “final act” will find us still apart from him, and still holding on to that which He has in fact removed for us, and so we will continue to be void and empty of life.

Not understanding this, many are still trying to achieve that which he has already achieved FOR US. He has placed us in the position  where we only have to say THANKS VERY MUCH and then get on with the business of HIS life instead of the business of OUR life, because now the two are actually the one, and we have to recognise this. He “made us to die with him”, we don’t get a say in the matter. He has completed the “first half of the business” FOR US. (He really has completed the WHOLE of the business). The “contract” signed by love in his blood is completed and has been finalised, only awaiting our signature also, which is TO BELIEVE HIM.

So while there are always going to be challenges to our faith and always be a testing of it, it is “only” a matter of our conformation to that which ALREADY EXISTS.

We don’t have to create it, or ourselves, that is HIS doing, and he has already done it. We can only accept Him or reject Him, based on our desire and willingness (or not) to become a part of Him and his LOVE.

While we continue to “puddle around” in our own thinking that wants to retain its own religious autonomy, rather than accept His completed plan for us, we will remain lost in the designs and complication of our “flesh”, our own thinking and convoluted reasoning which continues to want to be separated from God, and which will generate all manner of means by which to claim God’s plan as incomplete without the injection of many religious forms of observance by which to further the personal agenda. And this is what the sects and the cults are doing.

[Religious cults and sects would have to be the perfect hiding place for the agenda of the flesh to manifest and masquerade as beings of light]